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Prevent Home Fires - Remember, Cigarettes Don't Know When You Are Asleep


Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.

The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Lisa Braxton has a few safety tips to keep in mind if you're a smoker. 


As members of the fire service, Portland firefighters know all too well the dangers of unattended or improperly discarded smoking materials.  In fact, every year in the United States almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. 

Portland Fire & Rescue asks for your help in preventing home fire deaths and injuries caused by smoking materials. Fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials are preventable.

Where are you most at risk?  Who is most at risk?

More fatal smoking-material fires start in bedrooms then in living rooms, family rooms and dens. Older adults are at the highest risk of death or injury from smoking-material fires even though they are less likely to smoke than younger adults. 

Safety Tips:

  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
  • Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.
  • Check under furniture cushions and in other places people smoke for cigarette butts that may have fallen out of sight.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you have to be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.

If you smoke, put it out.

All the way.

Every time.


  Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  August 23, 2010


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Rebecca Brooks

August 24, 2010 at 12:19 AM

"Choose fire-safe cigarettes"? Smokers don't have a choice, because fire-safe cigarettes have been mandated in all fifty states.

That's unfortunate, because fire-safe cigarettes have actually caused an increase in fires for smokers, as well as an increase in health risks.



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